“Thus, the supreme state of Independence manifests while the Guṇas reabsorb themselves into Prakṛti, having no more purpose to serve the Puruṣa. Or [to look from another angle] the power of pure consciousness settles in its own pure nature.”

–The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Puruṣārthaśūnyānām Guṇānām Pratiprasavaḥ Kaivalyam Svarūpa Pratiṣṭhā Vā Citiśakter Iti

Puruṣa: Self, pure consciousness | Artha: purpose, meaning | (Puruṣārtha: the four purposes of the human: artha, kāma, dharma and mokṣa) | śūnyānām: devoid of, loss of existence, of being zero | Guṇānām: of the primal attributes (sattvas, etc.) | Pratiprasavaḥ: reabsorb, involution, recede, return back in reverse | Kaivalyam: absolute freedom, independence | Svarūpa: its own nature, own form | Pratiṣṭhā: settles, established | Vā: or | Citi: pure consciousness | śakteḥ: of its power | Iti: thus, the end

The body-mind-ego (and everything in all of Creation) exists to bring experience to the Purusa. Once you settle back into your True nature/Self as pure consciousness, knowing yourself independent from form, attachment to the body-mind-ego vessel is no longer required since you have already come to expressed “perfection.” And so, the Gunas (forces of nature) that impact and shape your form to create experience (and tie you to the perpetual cycle of Karma that leads to suffering) are no longer needed and completely return back to elemental form (Prakriti) upon your physical death.

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